People  (Director, MA in TEFL Program)

Necmi Akşit has a BSc and an MA in English Language teaching, and holds a PhD in Educational Science, all from Middle East Technical University. He began his career as a teacher of English at the Turco-British Association in 1989. He then moved to Bilkent University in 1990, and worked as instructor in the School of English Language for twelve years.  Positions held included: Curriculum Coordinator, Head of Teaching-Unit (pre-sessional courses), and Head of English Language Support Unit (in-sessional credit bearing courses). He joined the Graduate School of Education in 2002, and has been teaching pre-service and in-service teacher education courses since then. He is now Assistant Director in the Graduate School of Education, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education, and Chair, Department of English Language Teaching. His research interests include education policy analysis, comparative education, citizenship education, content-based language instruction, and research synthesis.  


Hilal Peker completed her B.A. degree in English Language Teaching at Middle East Technical University (2007) and M.A. degree in Foreign Language Education at the University of Texas at Austin as a Fulbright Scholar (2013). Then, she received her PhD degree in Education/TESOL from the University of Central Florida where she was also teaching a variety of ESOL courses while working as a Research and Teaching Assistant. After completing her PhD degree, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Foreign and Second Language Education at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, for two years. She joined the Graduate School of Education at Bilkent University in Fall 2018. She has been authoring multiple peer-reviewed papers, presenting her research studies at many national and international conferences, and providing her services as an editor and manuscript reviewer of peer-reviewed journals, including TESOL Journal, Foreign Language Annals, Journal of Research in Childhood Education, MexTESOL Journal, International Journal of TESOL and Learning, Journal of Pedagogical Research, and Journal of Narrative and Language Studies. She is actively involved in TESOL International Association, American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), American Educational Research Association (AERA), and American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). She received several research and teaching awards in the field, including Sunshine State TESOL Research Award and Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include Early Language Learning and Teaching, Second Language Motivational Self System, Bullying Victimization of English learners (ELs), EL identity, simulation technology, and teacher training.

Tijen Akşit has a BSc and an MA in English Language teaching, and holds a PhD in Educational Science. Dr. Aksit is also the Director of Bilkent University School of English Language. She has been teaching pre-service and in-service graduate level courses since 2003. She has also taught tertiary level general English, and English for Academic and Specific purposes classes. Her research interests include educational administration and leadership, teacher appraisal system, teacher action research, and teaching English for academic purposes. 

Hande Işıl Işık Mengü holds a Ph.D. in English Language Teaching with a concentration on Teacher Education.  She has been involved in teacher education since 2001 and has tutored on Cambridge English DELTA courses and various M.A. programs. Dr. Mengü is the Associate Director of Bilkent University School of English Language where she has held various senior management positions. Her current research interests include 21st century teacher learning and development,  EAP teacher competences and developing intercultural awareness  in language teaching. 

Elif Kantarcıoğlu completed her BSc and MA studies in English Language Teaching at Middle East Technical University. She completed her PhD at Roehampton University in 2012. She has been involved in language assessment for years and her areas of interest include test design, validation, test analysis techniques, Item Response Theory. many-facet Rasch measurement and CEFR linking. 

Administrative Assistant 

Burcu Yücel 

Burcu Yücel graduated from Bilkent University,  Department of Banking and Finance in 2006. Burcu worked at Akbank and Garanti Bank, private and retail banking. In 2014, she started to work at Bilkent University as an administrative assistant at the department of Psychology. Since August of 2016, she has been working as an administrative assistant at the Faculty of Education.